The West should be promoting reproductive rights as a gateway to solving lots of other societal ills. Giving women throughout the world control over their bodies is the only starting point that makes sense. Once all women have the ability to make decisions about their reproductive systems we will finally be on the way to gender equality across the globe.
Seeing things which could be fixed but aren’t is maddening. Sure it takes a long time to improve health outcomes in the developing world, but fistula’s in African women seems like something the West can help with. The article links access to contraception and C sections with reductions in the debilitating condition.
How can we say we want to improve things in the developing world and not start with 50% of the population.
The World’s Modern-Day Lepers: Women With Fistulas http://nyti.ms/1Rb3FTJ